Phone: (208) 383-0080
Fax: (208) 383-0194
Tickets: (208) 331-8497
Eric Trapp - President of Idaho Sports Properties
Trapp has helped guide the Steelheads organization to two Kelly Championships in 2004 and 2007, and was named the af2 President of the Year in 2009. He was also named the ECHL’s Marketing Executive of the Year in 2004. Beginning his career in 1991 with Diamond Sports Inc., Trapp has worked as a marketing executive with the Boise Hawks, Sioux City Explorers, Boise Burn, and El Paso Diablos, as well as the Idaho Sneakers of World Team Tennis. He was promoted to Executive VP of Marketing for Diamond Sports, Inc. in 1996.
The Orofino, Idaho native was awarded his Bachelor of Science degrees in advertising and telecommunications, with a minor in marketing, from the University of Idaho in 1991. Trapp resides in Eagle, Idaho.
Michael DiPalma - Vice President Idaho Sports Properties
Mike Dipalma has been the Vice President of Idaho Sports Properties since 2004, serving as a front-office leader for two Kelly Cup Championships and 13 winning seasons with the Steelheads. Dipalma got his start in pro sports in 1997 with Diamond Sports Management, serving as a special projects coordinator with the Boise Hawks baseball team and doing marketing work for the Steelheads and CenturyLink Arena. He became Director of Marketing in 1999. Dipalma accepted the position of Assistant General Manager and VP of Sales and Marketing with the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies in 2001, winning his first of three ECHL Kelly Cups in 2003 and ECHL Organization of the Year awards in 2002.
Sports have been a common thread through every phase of life for Dipalma. The Corning, NY native is a member of his high school’s Hall of Fame and earned the West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin MVP Award for all around team player in 1995 with the baseball team at Salem International University, where he majored in Sports Management. Dipalma lives in Meridian with his wife, Jody, and children Brooklyn and Matthew.
Ben Cottier - Director of Ticketing
Ben Cottier is in his 18th season with the Idaho Steelheads, spearheading ticket sales for the organization and for all events hosted at CenturyLink Arena. Cottier is one of only two employees to win the Steelheads’ Employee of the Year Award twice, managing all account executives on the Steelheads staff.
A University of Idaho alumnus with a degree in Human Resources, Cottier worked in the Human Resources department for the City of Boise prior to joining the Steelheads. He is an outdoorsman who enjoys fishing when he’s not filling the seats at CenturyLink Arena.
Cottier lives in Meridian with his wife, Lisa.
Matthew Johnson - Director of Creative Services and Game Operations
Matt Johnson has been involved with the team since the 2006-07 season. Johnson develops and manages the promotional efforts and video presentations at CenturyLink Arena during Steelheads games, as well as content for the team’s social media platforms and video content for the Steelheads’ website.
A Boise State University alumnus, Johnson worked for KLEW in Lewiston, ID as a sports reporter prior to joining the Steelheads. He also worked for KBOI Channel 2 in Boise, as well as spending several years in local radio with Cumulus Media (KIZN & KZMG).
In addition to his Steelheads duties, Johnson also works as a Marketing Assistant for Block 22, and is the lead organizer and broadcaster for the Front Street Fights franchise at CenturyLink Arena.
Brian McCormack - Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations
Brian McCormack joined the Steelheads prior to the 2015-16 season. He is the “Voice of the Steelheads”, calling all Steelheads games for KTIK Radio and ECHL TV, with home game televised on Cable One. McCormack was named a finalist for the ECHL’s Broadcaster of the Year Award in 2017 and was selected to broadcast the 2018 ECHL All-Star Classic on NHL Network. McCormack also coordinates the Steelheads’ media obligations, provides all written content for the team’s website, and hosts the Bud Light Idaho Steelheads Hockey Show three days a week on 1350 KTIK.
Brian spent the 2014-15 season as a Digital Media Intern with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, providing editorial content for the Blue Jackets’ web site. Brian studied at SUNY Geneseo in New York, where he majored in Communication and Political Science. He was the radio broadcaster for Geneseo’s Division III hockey team for three seasons and the Sports Director at WGSU Radio for two years. A Long Island, NY native, Brian played hockey for 16 years before turning to broadcasting.
Steven Anderson - Senior Account Executive
Steven has been with the Steelheads since the 2013-14 season. He works in the Steelheads’ front office as the Senior Account Executive and was named the ECHL’s Ticket Executive of the Year in 2017. A graduate of Boise State University, Anderson is one of only two employees to be named the Steelheads Employee of the Year twice, most recently in 2017. Steven majored in Business with a minor in Marketing at Boise State, and also worked as an intern with the Steelheads during his time in school.
Anderson focuses not just on ticket sales with the Steelheads, but also on planning and organizing several community ventures for the Steelheads, including player visits to schools in the Boise area and certain group offerings at CenturyLink Arena. Anderson is an outdoors enthusiast who enjoys fishing and golf in the off-season.
Erik Diehl - Account Executive
Erik Diehl has been with the steelheads since 2014-15, working in ticket sales with the Steelheads. He is a University of Idaho alumnus with a degree in Marketing. Diehl enjoys mountain sports, including skiing, snowboarding, and biking. He is also an avid hockey fan who loves the Calgary Flames… and the Steelheads!
Erik lives in Boise with his wife, Brooke.
Tyler Nordberg - Account Executive
Tyler Nordberg started with the Steelheads during the 2015-16 season after attending college at Lewis-Clark State College, majoring in Sports Administration. Tyler was a three-sport athlete in high school, starring in tennis, football, and basketball. He also worked in the intramural department while in college.
Nordberg lives in Boise and is an avid outdoorsman and fitness enthusiast.
Neil Graham - Head Coach & Director of Operations
Neil Graham enters his fourth season as Steelheads’ Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations in 2018-19. Graham has led the Steelheads to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons as head coach, with the Steelheads finishing second in the Mountain Division in 2017-18. Graham served as Idaho’s full-time assistant coach during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons after serving as a player/coach for the 2012-13 campaign. He assumed the head job on Aug. 7, 2015.
At 33-years-old, Graham is the second-youngest bench boss currently in the ECHL, and he was the youngest head coach in Steelheads history at the time of his hiring. Under Graham, the Steelheads ranked second in the league penalty-killing percentage each of the his first two seasons, and they ranked fourth in his final year as assistant coach. Graham led the Steelheads to one of their best statistical seasons in the ECHL era in 2017-18, earning 44 wins and 96 points, tied for the fourth-most wins and fourth-most points for a Steelheads team in the ECHL era. Graham’s squad was sixth place in the ECHL’s overall league standings in 2017-18.
The Calgary, Alberta native is a graduate of Mercyhurst University where he played hockey for four seasons before turning pro. He split three seasons between the ECHL and Southern Professional Hockey League, scoring 98 points (42g-56a) in 113 professional games.
Graham is the fifth head coach during Idaho’s ECHL tenure and seventh overall since pro hockey arrived in Idaho in 1997.
Graham lives year-round in Boise with his wife, Meg, and their son, Rylan.
Everett Sheen - Steelheads Assistant Coach
Everett Sheen enters his third season as an assistant coach with the Steelheads in 2018-19, having joined the Steelheads before the 2016-17 campaign following a five year professional playing career. Sheen monitors the defensive end of the bench for Idaho. Sheen played 319 career ECHL games with the Reading Royals, the Ontario Reign, and the Colorado Eagles, scoring 48 goals and 137 points along the way. The forward from Lethbridge, Alberta also spent time with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League during the 2011-12 season. Sheen played four seasons of Division I college hockey at Holy Cross College, serving as captain in his junior and senior seasons.
Sheenlives in Boise with his wife, Kayla.
Khris Bestel - Steelheads Equipment Manager
Khris Bestel has seen it all for the Idaho Steelheads. “The Beast,” as he’s known around the ECHL, has been the equipment manager for the Steelheads since the start of the 2000-01 season, never missing a game during his 16 years in Idaho. Prior to coming to Boise, Bestel was the equipment manager for the ECHL’s Toledo Storm. At the start of this season, Bestel has worked 1,576 consecutive regular season games in pro hockey. In addition to his team duties, Bestel is also an entrepreneur. He developed MyGuardWash, a mouth guard sanitizing device that is already popular among professional teams around North America.
Thomas Gillespie - Steelheads Head Athletic Trainer
Thomas Gillespie started working for the Steelheads in 2013-14 as Head Athletic Trainer for the Idaho Steelheads. Gillespie monitors the health and wellness of Steelheads players, including treatments, pregame preparations, and injury rehabilitation.
Gillespie attended Appalachian State University for his undergraduate studies and earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. While in college, Gillespie was a student athletic trainer at Appalachian State and was on the training staff for the Baseball and Men’s Soccer teams at UNC-Charlotte. Gillespie worked as the Rehab Coordinator at Melilli Chiropractic in Clearwater, Florida prior to moving to Boise and joining the Steelheads.
Gillespie lives in Boise with his wife Lane and their twin children, Zachary and Vivian.
Robert Walker, M.D. – Team Doctor
Darby Webb, M.D. – Team Doctor
Jared Johnson, M.D. – Team Doctor
Chris Lawler, M.D. – Team Doctor
Kip Dribnak– Director, St. Luke’s Athletic Training Outreach
Alex Maffuccio – Resident Sports Physical Therapist
Kraig Knotts – Team Chiropractor
Steven Maier – Team Chiropractor
Ryan Johnson – Vision Care
Lynn Blaisdell, DDS, OA – Team Dentist
Craig Blaisdell, DDS – Team Dentist